Tommaso's main research interests are in the area of technological change, institutional change, and economic development. With a focus on international trade, the globalisation of agriculture, conflict and entrepreneurship, structural change and income distribution, technological trajectories, sustainable innovation and firm organisation.
He is currenty involved in several projects: the evolution of seed rice technology (ESRC and NSF), the relation between conflict and private economic activity (CEPR and DFID), high growth firms (ESRC) inclusive growth and innovation, Future Technology Analysis (NESTA). For a more or less up-to-date list of selected working papers and work in progress (and publications) related to these and other smaller projets please see the Research tab.
He has a PhD in Economics and in Industrial Development from the University of Birmingham and the University of Ferrara (Italy). He previously worked as a Researcher at the Max Planck Institute of Economics (2008-2011), as a Postdoc at the Manchester Metropolitan University (2007-2008) and at the University of L'Aquila, Italy (2006-2007) and teaching at the University of Bologna (2005-2007). Before the PhD Tommaso has worked for UNIDO and ECLAC (2000-2004).